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Script Genres > English Adult > Commercial > Imaging

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    "CBS Sports 1" & "ESPN College Gameday"

    Script:

    "CBS Sports 1"
    This CBS Sports telecast is brought to you by Wells Fargo...together we'll go far.
    (2 takes)

    "ESPN: College Gameday"
    ESPN College Gameday is built by the Home Depot...You can do it. We can help.

    84 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear misterpj's recording

    I'm thinking of submitting 2 of these imaging spots to have a demo made by Edge. I'm more concerned with my performance & I need a set of different director ears to let me know if they think I sound great & if my voice is suitable for imaging. Your feedback in this matter would be appreciated.I have a radio demo & was always told that I have a radio voice:)

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6422/script-recording-25437.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Misterpj,
    If your goal is to produce a demo I think you're getting the cart before the horse. Contact Edge for some coaching and they will direct you as to whether or not you're ready for a demo. You will get excellent advice from seasoned pros. Listening to what you've got here my personal opinion is that your not ready. This isn't easy stuff. You're going to run into a wall of criticism that if you apply it is going to benefit you in achieving your goal. Just keep in mind this is no walk in the park.

    Peer Feedback:

    your trying tio over do it with the promo try and relax a bit and think about how it would sound on tv

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    39 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TxTom's recording

    I've been playing with things regarding the booth I built (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/68481454/IMG_0527e%20-%20Wi-Fi.m4v) and one of the things I've done is try all the mics I've come across since I've started this venture. The first serious mic I've purchased was an AKG Perception 220, so it's first. I had to send my first one back and while waiting, I picked up an Audio Technica AT 2035. That's second. Last is my fav...AKG c414 XLS. I left some silence so you can compare system noise going into an Apogee One interface. Comments welcome.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-5471/script-recording-35949.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Further info: NO PROCESSING ON THE SOUND execpt to adjust the levels of the AT mic down to match that of the other mics. The AT has a good output and at the same setting on the interface SOUNDED louder in the silence but the overall output is hotter.

    The purpose of this comparison is to help any of you looking around to at least hear these three and see if you like them. The 414 is QUIET in the self-noise department.

    Peer Feedback:

    The AKG C414 by a landslide! It's quieter, fuller, and I don't hear the annoying resonance of the Perception. The AT sounds okay, but it's a little tinny for my taste. Great comparison.

    Peer Feedback:

    Another note: even though I call it a 2020 in the submission...it is a 2035. I forgot I'd done that.

    Peer Feedback:

    The 414 is soooo much quieter, cleaner, more accurate. Hands-down winner. Agree with Javier: a good comparison with an obvious difference. I do think you could sweeten the sound a bit with some processing and, since it's so clean, you'd get some amazing results once you find your compression and eq settings. (Edit: Did I commit heresy just now?)

    Peer Feedback:

    Mic has introduced a lot of variables which I didn't have to deal with previously. It is so darned sensitive that I'm having to work on the recording space along with mic distance and all that. The other two mics just weren't sensitive enough to require as much attention! At some point in time, I hope to get a handle on it all.

    Peer Feedback:

    Dan Lenard would use your situation to support his stance that high end mics don't make sense in a home studio unless you make quite an investment in the acoustics. I know you are in this for the long run, Tom, but I don't envy the challenge of tuning your recording space. I wish you well and know you'll learn much and have killer sound in the long run. Hope you can keep your costs from getting away from you.

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    CBS Sports 1

    Script:

    CBS Sports 1
    This CBS Sports telecast is brought to you by Wells Fargo.... together we'll go far.

    60 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sabrinasvoice's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-4472/script-recording-28184.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice Sabrina.

    You've got a good tone with your voice and I could hear this on television. If you had like a sports type of sound effect, it would have been perfect and even enhanced your voice a little further. But all in all, good job!

    Best of luck, LCW.

    Peer Feedback:

    sounds good i can picture that on tv or the radio.

    Peer Feedback:

    Wow really nice Sabrina!

    You sounded so lovely I really wanted you to slow down just a tad- but I could hear this in one of those short spots they do right after a commercial break before the next play on the field starts; those are always lightning fast- I half expected to hear Al Michaels pop in right after you!

    Quality was very nice, very smooth. Best of luck to you!

    Peer Feedback:

    I love your tone with the exception of the pace (it could slow down a bit) great read.

    Peer Feedback:

    I definitely think you have a wonderful tone. It's a very reassuring tone. Maybe you could pace a bit before the end but the pacing overall was good. I try my best not to over criticize, as I am a beginning voice actor and I am still learning but from what I could hear, it was good.

    Only downside might be the recording equipment but that will improve with time, experience and money. Good luck!

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    Cool FM

    Script:

    For the smoothest, grooviest jazz, keep your ears tuned in to the West Coast, COOL 98.1 FM. Catch the vibe. Be cool.

    51 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Macintheus's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-130354/script-recording-97191.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Great recording,
    You nailed it with the background and voice. I would only suggest you use shorter breaks in between phrases.
    Great job

    Peer Feedback:

    I've heard this script before but yours was the best. Good job. Very believable

    Peer Feedback:

    Really enjoyed it. I agree with CT on the pauses. Overall it was really good.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the great feedback guys.

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    Cool Jazz

    Script:

    For the smoothest, grooviest jazz, keep your ears tuned in to the West Coast, COOL 98.1 FM. Catch the vibe. Be cool.

    93 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear kgilchrist's recording

    Hello, I am new to VO, this is my first submitted recording and I need some input on the quality of my audio. Are there any noticeable hums, buzzes or other background noises? Please feel free to comment on performance because it is the next thing I will focus on more if the sound quality is up to par. Thanks for the feedback.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-81869/script-recording-80267.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Performance is very nice. Good attitude, vocal intensity and energy level. Urban. Just the right timing. Very relate-able.

    The recording level (overall loudness or input level) is too low (not to be confused with your vocal volume, energy level and delivery). I had to crank up my listing volume to the max and still had problems trying to detect anything in the recording to analyze (buzz, hum, pops & clicks and such). Generally VO is normalized to something between -3dB and -12dB peak loudness for a comfortable listening level.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello....is someone there... ;-) ahhhhhh just kidding. It is a bit on the soft side.
    I too cranked it up so I could hear it. Good attitude and the eq fit the spot.
    The copy was delivered a bit in staccato bursts vs a slow, smooth stream that might better fit this spot.
    Just to ensure that you get to a reasonable level, you could try normalizing to -3 as mentioned.

    Regards,

    - touzet -

    Peer Feedback:

    There were no hums, buzzes or other background noises that I could here. A lot of sibilant SSS noises in your recitation, however. Pretty good job, though. You sound like that recording was custom tailored for you.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you all for the feedback. I will definitely research and apply normalization to the recording and work on a smoother delivery. After listening to all the other great reads, it's hard not to feel a bit intimidated by the more experienced voice actors but time, motivation and practice will get me there.

    Peer Feedback:

    Don't be intimidated. Practice, practice, practice. And don't be afraid to make mistakes. We all do. That's the only way to build confidence.

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    89 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear me@maryeasterling.com's recording

    Hi everyone- I upgraded my space and am trying my hand at imaging- Let me know what you think-

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-97132/script-recording-85734.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    There's something a little odd going on with the editing. Either you're using a noise gate or the hard edits are leaving gaps of complete silence with some clicks here and there, most evident after "The Dave Matthews Band." - BTW I capitalized the B, because that's the entire name of the group, like The Little River Band or just The Band. I've always head it with the inflection "the dave MATTHEWS band".

    (Side note: I'm a big R&R-er. I'm not sure I've ever heard the term "Cool Rock" before. Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Acid Rock, Grunge Rock, Heavy Metal Rock, Progressive Rock. Pop Rock. Symphonic Rock. Rock Opera. Yeah. But Cool Rock? Uh, uh.)

    Now for the tone. Nirvana is pretty hard grunge rock. The Verve, kinda of mellow symphonic rock. And Dave Mattnews, kinda progressive, pop-ish and experimental with syncopated rhythms, different key changes, funky time signatures, vocal contortions and lyrics that may have meaning only to himself (he's kind of "out there" sometimes).

    Anyway, IMHO, the mellow and nearly breathy, sexy delivery doesn't fit. I hear a harder around the edges female FM DJ (possibly with some "fry" in there) - someone you know might be able to drink you under the table and toke up on some herbal libation while going on and on about the musical differences and similarities between Joan Jett and Crissie Hynde. Even if "Cool Rock" is an actual thing.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi James- Yeah I can hear the clicks you mention on the Edge playback but not on my speakers here- hmmm- older computer issue perhaps.
    This script is out of the Edge library so that's the actual wording -Cool Rock. It's under "Imaging"
    I like your thoughts about the vocal fry and harder edge - I'll try that and if I like, resubmit
    BTW- love your comments- always thoughtful and often funny- thanks!

    Peer Feedback:

    If you look under "Imaging" in the script Library, there are different variations of this script for "Cool Jazz" and whatever. My feeling is that someone just re-wrote it and made substitutions. So I don't always take the scripts in the Library as Gospel or assume that they are always as the real thing. Some have misspellings, others have bad grammar, a few have both. And there are tons of duplicates with a word change here and there. Maybe concoct your own?

    Suggestion: Always edit with headphones on - preferably with the same ones you use to record. Don't trust the playback on tinny computer speakers or even good monitors. You're not going to pick up nearly as much as you will with the cans on.

    I always do my editing and listen to submissions on the Forum through my headphones.

    Another thing about radio imaging is that it's mostly (but not always) produced "in house". The stations use one of their personalities, simply because they're there and it's cheaper. But there are some (a handful of) voice over artists that specialize in the genre. It's a pretty tight field, like movie trailer promos.

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    Cool Rock 99.5

    Script:

    Have you listened lately to Cool-Rock 99.5? Cool-Rock is the only station that plays today’s cool hits. Nirvana. The Verve. The Dave Matthews band. Turn it on and find out what you’re missing. You’re gonna love it!

    38 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Robert Fairbairn's recording

    I'm resubmitting with drMusic99's suggestion of stretching the song clips a few seconds and increasing the volume after each artist's name is read. I agree, I like it a bit better now.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6325/script-recording-24896.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought I was listening to the radio! Very nice. You mispronounced Nirvana though. Nirvana fans would not be happy; )

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you very much. Quite right about the mispronounciation, I certainly don't want to offend any Nirvana fans. I looked it up and realized that it should be pronounced more like "nervonna" as opposed to "nervanna". I may have to repost with the corrected pronounciation.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice production Robert,
    The only thing I might suggest would be to target the 30 second mark. It would mean picking up the pace a little but might give it a more radio feel.

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought it was great keep up the good work

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    Cool Rock 99.5

    Script:

    Have you listened lately to Cool-Rock 99.5? Cool-Rock is the only station that plays today’s cool hits. Nirvana. The Verve. The Dave Matthews band. Turn it on and find out what you’re missing. You’re gonna love it!

    58 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Robert Fairbairn's recording

    I've submitted this one previously but I've tweaked it a bit based on previous feedback, and also enhanced it a bit with a new imaging trick I picked up. Let me know how it sounds.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6325/script-recording-25934.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    The performance - I liked it. The overall pace was too slow for me. It was noticable after "hits. Nivarna" I am used to radio spots being faster and the music louder. Way too slow and the energy was too low...more excitement in your voice. I like the music and the way it meshed with the words very good.

    Peer Feedback:

    I actually liked your performance and think you have a great voice for radio. I think the tempo was good because the radio station was for Cool -Rock 99.5 and the songs you included had a rock yet mellow sound, therefore if you would have given too much energy; it would not have coincided with the script. I enjoy Voice Overs with music. I wanted to know how do you intergrate music with Voice Overs as I'm new to the field. Could you tell me how to do so and what software is the best to use. Very good performance.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you for the feedback lcw115. I used a program called Adobe Audition 3.0, which is recognized as one of the best audio mixing software packages for home use. I've slowly built up my knowledge on using this program over the past few months, largely from tutorials on Youtube. To create the Cool Rock piece, I first recorded the dry voiceover, then applied voice effects to create the various echo sounds (I just learned the "stutter" effect at the end from a Youtube video I just watched the other day). I then loaded the mp3 files from the 6 songs into the session. Using the "multitrack" view in this program easily allowed me to select the segments that I wanted from each song and cross-fade from one to another. I believe that you can also perform most of these functions using Audacity as well.

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    Cool Rock 99.5

    Script:

    Have you listened lately to Cool-Rock 99.5? Cool-Rock is the only station that plays today’s cool hits. Nirvana. The Verve. The Dave Matthews band. Turn it on and find out what you’re missing. You’re gonna love it!

    38 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Robert Fairbairn's recording

    My third (and hopefully final) take on this piece. I was sure I had it on the second take until it was pointed out that I flubbed the pronounciation of "Nirvana". I think I got it now though.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6325/script-recording-24906.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Copy interpretation, it was all there.
    Vocal performance; a bit slow, background slow as well, great voice for this kinda thing...a bit more energy (just a tad).
    Recording quality could be better ( I hear that equip you used could do better)
    Overall good job

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    Cool Rock 99.5

    Script:

    Have you listened lately to Cool-Rock 99.5? Cool-Rock is the only station that plays today’s cool hits. Nirvana. The Verve. The Dave Matthews band. Turn it on and find out what you’re missing. You’re gonna love it!

    28 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Robert Fairbairn's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6325/script-recording-24858.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    The tone is right. Each song clip should establish itself, though, rather than playing strictly underneath you -- I would give the artist name, then let us hear a few seconds of them at full volume.

    Peer Feedback:

    I've just completed the revised editing with these recommendations and will repost. Let me know what you think.

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    38 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear taylor2646's recording

    Recording quality is blah, i'm in my living room. I peaked on a word I think.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-1568/script-recording-23295.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I liked the energy in the read.

    I heard a little vocal crack on "we", and something similar on the end of "Depot" and "do it".

    Yeah, the recording left a lot to be desired.

    Seems to be a good "character" for you.

    Peer Feedback:

    Liked it,, nicely timed,, got inflection. Nice spot. If I had to suggest something, I would say maybe look at making the first grouping , up to Home Depot, flow a little more together.. Not that what you did was bad,, just another option. Might make the second half stand out more as a tag line.

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought you sounded great overall.

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    25 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lcw115's recording

    Recording and sound quality may not be the best, as working with some issues using Audacity. Please comment on performance and would appreciate constructive and positive feedback. Thank you.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-7256/script-recording-27100.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I think your read needs to be a bit more conversational, it would help the flow. Try to imagine you're telling this to somebody in front of you. Make it sound like you're really enthused by this product. Your voice is clear and strong, your skills are showing a lot of improvement over the first try at this script.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Teggray,

    When I first performed this, I didn't concentrate on the specifics of the ad such as "new carb option" and "lose 20 pounds", so I was trying to focus on those areas.

    I'll try this again, making it more conversational and with a little more energy.

    Thank you so much for your comment and suggestion, I really appreciate it!

    Best of luck, LCW.

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    47 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear lcw115's recording

    As I've mentioned before, I'm doing my recordings using a built-in microphone on my computer plus editing software. I want to know how clear my voice sounds. If my voice doesn't have clarity, can someone suggest what would be a good editing software to use. Also, please tell me how you think the script sounds in general. Thank you, lcw115

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-7256/script-recording-26029.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    this was good. I think the voice was clear but you can hear the popping sounds and what not. since you're using the built in mic on your computer I suggest looking on amazon or guitar center- they have a lot of great mixers and what nots.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi lcw115, You have a very nice voice and I agree with the previous comment that it is clear but it wouldn't be fair to comment further. Clearly you need a better system so that one can provide a more accurate feedback on your work. Would love to hear more. Good luck.

    Peer Feedback:

    Not too bad. Recording quality itself was a bit funky, you had a weird phasing thing going on.

    Felt the first couple lines were rushed. It seems that the sell in this script is the new carb option & you kinda skimmed through it and didn't really punch that up.

    On the third line do not punch the word AND. I hear a lot of newbies making that common mistake. YOu don't want to accentuate the AND in that sentence you want to accentuate the fact that people can now eat PASTA and POTATOES. Those are the things the listener will get excited about. Same with the 20 lbs, that's what you want people to take away from the commercial; that they can eat pasta & potatoes & lose 20lbs. Everything else is fuffin.

    Try it again going back to your fundamentals:
    Who are you talking to?
    What is your lead in sentence?
    What do you want the listener to remember?

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    Jim Westcott Demo Reel

    Script:

    This is my latest demo reel a combination of Imaging and Commercials. It was recorded in my home studio with Adobe Audition.

    50 people have played this

    Paid Job Recording:

    Click to hear jimwestcott's recording

    Just need opinion of all aspects of my reel.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-4820/script-recording-21613.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Jim,

    Wow, that's Pro stuff! Adobe Audition rocks and maybe some day I'll find it under my for-software-Christmas-tree...

    Anyway, I thought it was excellent but for one thing -and I could be completely wrong about this: I'm not sure but a couple of the reads, Blue Cross and the one after it sounds like there is a 'tape speed' device in use on Your voice? And it's not consistent. If I'm wrong, sorry, maybe have another critique or two and see if anyone else hears it....

    Other than the speed thing, hope Ya' get the Job! I think You should! All the Best!

    Peer Feedback:

    Jim: Excellent job: I played it twice. Please take these observations positively. I thought soundbed on Direct TV part overpowered the VO, you said water like "whatter", I did hear some tape warbling and some of the musical intros could have been chopped by a second or two. Otherwise, totally professional sounding.

    Peer Feedback:

    Great demo. Some of the music was a bit overpowering and your voice a little muddy in spots. Nothing you couldn't fix with a little EQ; otherwise fabulous. Audition is nice to work with., yes?

    Peer Feedback:

    Amazing! You truly have a classic voice.

    Peer Feedback:

    Sir you have a classic old school feel to your voice, I like your style. It reminds me of the days when Walter Cronkite was at the helm. Your voice, brought back memories. Sorry for not having comments with more substance. You caught my attention though. Keep up the good work.

    Mark

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    Katt

    Script:

    Don't settle for half the rock. Get it all. Rock 100.5. The KATT

    113 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TerrysVoice's recording

    This is my second imaging practice. might not be as good as my other one but just trying a few different approaches look foreward to hearing your input.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-100526/script-recording-78912.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I thought it was good. I'm not on my headphones right now, and the doors are open for the beautiful day so I got no good input on your sound.

    I thought you conveyed the point well. I don't know I would have paused between Rock and 100 but you made it work, I thought.

    One thing you can work on is not plucking the T so hard at the end of KATT

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    Kay Jewlers

    Script:

    So I'm hanging around, ya know, watching the tube, when my best friend reminds me that tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day!!! Suddenly I realize ... I’m dead!!! No money in my pocket, no gift in my hand!!!

    31 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TedVoInSpain's recording

    This is my entry for last weeks contest. I didn't win but submitted a solid entry. Please feel free to opine! Thanks :) Nodo420 AND congrats to this weeks winner Sherri Speaks, Lance DeBock, and JBH voice. A great contest this week

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-8990/script-recording-27584.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Nodo,

    This was something different for you and I liked it! The emotion was good, and pace and pitch were on point. If you would have added a soft bed of music, really would have enhanced this, as the majority of Kay Jewelers commercials have music beds that are usually soft sounding. Otherwise, good job!

    Will you be doing more Commercials in the future? As you have a great voice for them.

    Looking forward to your next script, as you and a few more on this forum are in my "FAVORITES" category! LOL!!! Best of luck, LCW.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good, natural energy. When you get to the predicament, "I'm dead," this needs more energy or less energy, maybe a more dejected sound, because it needs to contrast with the first half. Likewise, the final sentence should continue that, maybe in a panicked voice. As it is right now, you sound nonplussed. Remember, you're dead, man! She is gonna be soooo mad . . .

    Peer Feedback:

    Great job, Nodo! I do agree with Nick that you could use more of a transition from the relaxed beginning of the first sentence to the end of it (Valentine's Day!!!), where you realize you're screwed! Terrific voice and excellent instincts. You go!

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Nodo,
    Great voice! Your energy and emotions really add to a very well done vocal performance; my only question is, was there more to this script? Does the actual commercial technically have more to it such as either music fills and/or another voice or maybe you coming back in and adding a tag, or something of the sort? You get the picture, just a thought. I LIKE IT! GOOD JOB!
    I would like to echo lcw's comment, you have a great voice and adding music to the script would have certainly complemented the read. Looking forward to your next script.

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    Lite AC Imaging

    Script:

    Your number one at-work station is Lite Rock 105 streaming Lite Rock music all day, all night and weekends, too, at Lite Rock 105FM.com. Lite Rock 105, your number at-work station playing all your favorite songs while you work, Lite Rock 105!

    27 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Art656's recording

    Before I started on my voiceover journey I was told that I'd be good at imaging, so I put these two image liners together with effects. I invite your feedback. Do I have what it takes? Don't be shy. Thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-53734/script-recording-55375.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I listen frequently to soft rock stations. As for the pace and vocal quality...that would, of course depend on the station. On this one, you avoided the chorus/flanger sound that more heavy rock stations use so that's good. I felt that the pace was on the rushed side, but again...depends on the station. The F/X totally turned me off as a listener of such a station...something I expect from a current hits type of station. Do you have what it takes?? Who am I to say? $27 will get you a proVO critique of this read. Well worth the green.

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    31 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

    Click to hear jerry lino's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-3696/script-recording-62685.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Great rich sound. Nice articulation. I thought pacing was great. I couldn't help the feeling of riding a gentle wave though. You are very consistent in starting your phrases softer (almost a fade in effect) then continuing in full vocal strength. Take a listen again and see if you can hear what I'm trying to describe. It is subtle...almost gentle.

    Best wishes in all you do. Please feel free to listen and offer feedback on any of my recordings.

    ...HHNvoice/Leonor

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    32 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Joe Cirillo's recording

    Just messing around with some Radio Imaging, What do you think

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-11382/script-recording-30843.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Fun! I like your energy and the mix of effects. Watch the levels, though; it sounds clipped in several places.

    Peer Feedback:

    Joe, right on!

    :D

    SteveO

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    Smooth Jazz 105.9

    Script:

    Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM is the radio station designed for people like you – with busy lives, demanding jobs and not a lot of time to unwind. You can listen to Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM anytime. The day begins with Smooth Jazz, traffic, weather and the latest from ABC News and the WMAL newsroom. Then, weekday mornings at 8:30, we’ll help you stay stress-free at work with the commercial-free music hour, a full hour of commercial-free Smooth Jazz to help smooth out your day and make you feel good! Try Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM. I think you’ll find we are the smoothest place on your radio.

    110 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Dave Crosier's recording

    OK...so I heard MikeinGA's recording of this script, and since I am a radio guy, I had to give it a try....let me know what you think. BTW...if the music sounds familiar, it's David Benoit.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6103/script-recording-24704.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Very well done Dave!
    The read is very smooth and believable with the right variations in delivery of different sentences that the script calls for.
    You added 'work' to 'day' in "smooth out your day." Nice touch!
    Though I think that the delivery of "Try Smooth Jazz 105.9 FM" could do with a little more intensity, it is OK as it is.
    All the best.

    Peer Feedback:

    Loved It !. You showed that script who's boss. Totally nailed "anytime" in that second line! Keep em coming !!

    Peer Feedback:

    Ready for prime time.

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    I'm with Rich...get that demo done and go get 'em! Great Job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Thank you all so much for your encouragement!!

    Peer Feedback:

    Great job Dave! I share Richurd's comment...you are ready for prime time! Loved it.

    Peer Feedback:

    What more can be said. . .you definitely have what it takes. It was read, edited and delivered like a pro. Has anyone ever said your voice is similar to Jazz Artist, Dave Koz?

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    94 people have played this

    Audition Recording:

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    Any and all comments welcomed and appreciated.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-3696/script-recording-89428.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice rasp. Clean recording.

    Peer Feedback:

    Awesome rasp. Really nice, confident voice. Also, a very recording quality.

    Peer Feedback:

    This sounds really professional.

    Peer Feedback:

    Good combination of mellow tone with the rasp

    Peer Feedback:

    amazing

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    Testing for source of backround noise

    Script:

    Not a script as you will see below.
    Walked around the room where I record shutting off appliances to discover which was the offending noice producer.

    28 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Mike Martin's recording

    If you have backround interference like I did maybe this idea could help you locate the source. And yes it seems like a no-brainer now that it is solved. When I posted the original file and asked for feedback to help find my backround noise this gave me the idea/incentive to locate exactly which culprit I had to eliminate. My sincere appreciation to "dfsaund" for the push in the right direction. :^) Peer Feedback: Hi Mike-- I, too, am a Yeti (pro) user. They're a really sensitive big diaphram condenser, so they're particularly sensitive to the sound pressure of air movement -- like HVAC systems, which is what this sounds like. It might be really hard to baffle your vents to prevent the whoosh going on in the background -- does your editing software have a "noise threshold"? you might turn it up to -80dB or higher (like -70dB)...that will cut out alot of that continuous hishing sound, but let your voice come through. Give it a try...can't hurt. Comment submitted by dfsaund today at 9:06AM . It was not the AC as that was already off. The deep and low rumble of the refrigerator was. I don't have the luxury of a spare room or a closet to use, the kitchen table has to suffice, if I could get someone to not use all the closets for her clothes, but that is another story. Now back to our sponsor, Thanks so much Edge for providing this forum. Any comments thoughts or other recording and production ideas greatly appreciated here. Mike Martin One of these days "the contest is gonna be mine!"

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-7863/script-recording-30820.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I just didn't understand that. ok

    Peer Feedback:

    Sabrina if you would like specific answers you are welcome to contact me at mikemartin0000@sbcglobal.net . I just uploaded a file I made during the noise location process I went through to find the major culprit was my refrigerator.

    Edge ran all the text details together from my post although I used appropriate paragraphs to separate "dfsaund" 's advice to me. (see Peer Feedback: Hi Mike) The feedbacl was on a previous post where I asked for production feedback on a persistent backround noice I hadn't isolated. His?Her? feedback triggered me further and I found it. They had suggested my AC which is almost never on where I live in S. Calif. (except in August).

    I walked around the house where I record (kitchen table) with Audacity recording normally, then announced each item as I shut it off. When the refrig was off, there went my noise. I thought this might be of help to someone with similar backround mysteries.

    Hope this helps clarify.

    Mike

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    Thanksgiving

    Script:

    What are you thankful for? (Kid clips) And we're thankful for you. Happy Thanksgiving! 96.1 and 107.1 WLNT

    111 people have played this

    Demo Recording:

    Click to hear Dave Crosier's recording

    Here's an example of a series of Thanksgiving image spots I did for a radio client. I think they are cute.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6103/script-recording-24846.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Pro all the way, Dave. Pro all the way. I like the way you did the girl's voice ;-)

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks Tom...These were fun.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice job Dave. But as W. C. Fields once said, “Never work with children or animals.” They'll upstage you every time.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nicely done. Both the recording quality and that of your voice seemed strong to me. I thought that "Happy Thanksgiving from 96.1..." was particularly genuine and right on.

    The initial words seemed just a bit louder than the rest. That could be my headphones though.

    Nice job!

    Peer Feedback:

    Nothing to improve upon here, this one's ready for broadcast.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for your encouragement all. It's very much appreciated.

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    WABC - Station Break

    Script:

    You're talking about it -- we're talking about it. News Talk Radio 77 WABC!

    32 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sabrinasvoice's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-4472/script-recording-28186.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Lovely and clear sound. Very mellow voice. Nice.

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    WABC Station Break

    Script:

    You're talking about it -- we're talking about it. News Talk Radio 77 WABC!

    35 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear JCDunnVOX's recording

    I'm checking out a new genre and would appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-103/script-recording-32084.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Loved the voice, loved the read. Production added as well. Great job.

    Peer Feedback:

    This sounds like a great fit for your voice. Really nice.

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    WVUE Open

    Script:

    This is your weather authority...
    Fox 8 News at 9 starts right now.

    33 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear sabrinasvoice's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-4472/script-recording-28188.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello,

    You have a strong voice, which is very suited to this type of promo/news intro.

    For me it was just a little fast. Fox should stand out a little more in the mix.

    Keep up the good work.

    All the best,

    Scott

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Sabrina,
    Tags are a lot harder than most people think. There is no wiggle room. I've listened to all three and your voice is fine. There is an element missing though. I'm not dead certain but I think the missing element is timing. Tags in many ways are like jokes. While there is no punchline they are often read like there is. I'm not speaking from any great experience with them since I avoid them. I just find there is too much work in too short a sentence. It truly is a skill. Longer scripts are so much easier because you have time to massage the read with various inflections. The tag is short and not so sweet. You only get one shot at getting it right and you have to get it immediately.

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    105.5 “the cockroach”

    Script:

    You’re listening to 105.5 “the cockroach”
    Playing all of today’s greatest bands! like The Beatles! (music) Iron Butterfly! (music) and the gran daddy of them all Papa Roach!!! (music) 105.5 The Cockroach! Modern Music for the Modern World!

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    CBS Sports / ESPN

    Script:

    "CBS Sports 1"
    This CBS Sports telecast is brought to you by Wells Fargo...together we'll go far.

    "ESPN: College Gameday"
    ESPN College Gameday is built by the Home Depot...You can do it. We can help.

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    CBS Sports 1

    Script:

    This CBS Sports telecast is brought to you by Wells Fargo.... together we'll go far.

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    Cool Jazz

    Script:

    For the smoothest, grooviest jazz, keep your ears tuned in to the West Coast, COOL 98.1 FM. Catch the vibe. Be cool.

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    Cool Rock 99.5

    Script:

    Have you listened lately to Cool-Rock 99.5? Cool-Rock is the only station that plays today’s cool hits. Nirvana. The Verve. The Dave Matthews band. Turn it on and find out what you’re missing. You’re gonna love it!

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    ESPN on ABC: BCS

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    The following is a special presentation of ESPN on ABC... home of the Citi BCS National Championship.

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    ESPN: College Gameday

    Script:

    ESPN's College Gameday is built by the Home Depot... You can do it. We can help.

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    ESPNU Tailgate

    Script:

    Wake up and tailgate on ESPNU... At 9AM, Gameday stops in College Station before Ryan Swope and the Aggies make their SEC debut against the Gators' stout "D"... Then at ten, Sportsnation is all pigskin... and at 11 Whiparound previews match ups from around the nation. Tailgate. Kicks off tomorrow, 9 Eastern on ESPNU.

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    Jenny Craig

    Script:

    For a common sense approach to weight loss, call Jenny Craig. Our new carb option lets you eat out. You can even eat pasta and potatoes. Join now and lose 20 pounds plus the cost of food. Call 1-800-51-Jenny.

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    KNCN Radio Spot

    Script:

    By the bay and on the beach, no one rocks Corpus Christi like C-101.

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    Lifetime

    Script:

    Lifetime...Television for women.

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    Meet Ricky

    Script:

    Meet Ricky, this is his neighborhood. Creating a brighter future for Ricky and many other kids like him starts with giving them a safe place to play. At Edison, we are partnering with nonprofits to build parks in our communities that need them. Life powered by Edison.

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    31 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jhmcgyver's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-92143/script-recording-73376.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    It was a nice music fx bed for this kind of thing. The read was clear enough but, for me, lacked excitement and variety. It was kind of the same read all the way through.

    I think I'd probably mark the copy up something like this.
    Just a suggestion.

    The HOME of John and Zack in the morning (pause).
    Classic Rock... ALL DAY LONG (pause)
    93.3 (mini-pause) THE EAGLE IS CLASSIC ROCK
    ---

    -touzet-

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree that this sounds clear, but it sounds like a straight read with no inflections or variety. It kind of sounds like you're trying to rush to the end because of time or something. Selecting words to hit and considering other techniques would be a good idea, I think.

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    46 people have played this

    Demo Recording:

    Click to hear KC_38's recording

    This is my first demo in a very long time, years in fact. So I was looking for an overall critique. Thank you!

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-11208/script-recording-29119.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi, if you're going for a nice, radio announcer tone, then it's very good.

    Peer Feedback:

    Vocal performace - I like it but aren't promos, tags, and imaging to be read with a faster tempo to create excitement for the listener? The music the read, eveything gets your attention. Perhaps it was the music that caused me to feel that the read was too slow and lacked energy.

    Peer Feedback:

    Nice radio voice with crystal clear recording. . .having not done a demo in years.

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    Script Contest - Radio Imaging

    Script:

    Q104 – Your one stop shop for all things pop!
    WBGP – We are Jazz FM.
    WKCR – The Peak: New York’s classic rock superstation

    88 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear kgilchrist's recording

    Trying to eliminate hums and set correct input levels. Please provide feedback and in any areas where you hear a problem. Thank you.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-81869/script-recording-81662.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Sounded a little low in the volume, or a little boxy ...hollow? Almost there, just need it tweaked a bit. Wish I could be of more help. Loved the reads (and the memories of when I listened to Q104.7)

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the feedback. I did so many takes and I couldn't get the performance to sound the way I think it should've. I can't seem to figure out why the volume is still low. When recording in Audacity, the levels go into the red. I think I may need to adjust my input level on the mixer. I'm not sure about the issue but I am determined to get it right.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yep, the volume level is low. You might also check the preference level on your computer's sound card input. Audacity may be pegging into the red, but your input settings to the computer may be low.

    One consistent thing that stuck out is the clipped nature and the downward dip at the end of all of the call letters - it makes each station sound the same. Take the Jazz station for instance. Why not draw out the station call letters more lazily as well as the station's definition?

    The Peak's K got a little clipped off in the editing and "superstation" sounded like "supuhstation"- I missed a touch of R in there.

    Also, leave a smidgen more space between each one so that they are more separate entities.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks for the Feedback Jamesromick. I will definitely work to get my sound properly adjusted and pay more attention to enunciation. I appreciate your input.

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    90 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TerrysVoice's recording

    Trying to choose a mic . My apartment is kindof loud I have treated the room fairly well. Any help would be appreciated. PS Please ignore the copy it is just thrown together. Both Mics are going through the same tube pre amp with no effects and the same software is being used.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-100526/script-recording-79479.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    First mic is a bit muffled. Doesn't capture the full dynamic range of your voice. If I am not mistaken it is also a dynamic mic which is used more for broadcast/podcast than
    strictly for VO.

    Second mic is clearer with a little more body. But there is a kind of ringing in the upper frequencies. Could be a proximity thing.

    Just a little side note: When I was trying to choose a mic that fit my budget, I went to B&H in NYC and tested a bunch of them. I was torn between the AT2020 and the AT2035, which was about $50 more and includes a shock mount. I went with the cheaper one, took it home, recorded with it for about 2 weeks, took it back and exchanged it (paying the difference) for the AT2035 because it has a little more body to it with the lower frequencies. It's a really good mic for the male voice. I've been very happy with the AT2035 and would suggest ponying up for the difference to get it.

    Peer Feedback:

    The 2020 works well for your voice. From the sounds of it, if you did not process the track I would barely need to eq it for a mix.

    -dk-

    Peer Feedback:

    Hey Terry, Being an Ann Arbor guy, did you ever listen to Arthur Penthallow on WRIF? The SM7B is more of a studio mic (probably second or third after the EV RE 20) The condenser mic seemed a little better to me. Keep it up.

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    105 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TerrysVoice's recording

    I just got my new Shure Mic and Tube pre amp just doing some practice . thanks for any input.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-100526/script-recording-78866.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    You have a great bartone voice. The copy was short, I'm not sure you gave it the punch that it needed, for such a brief spot. With that brief of an ad, not only does your voice have to be memorable, but the copy as well. I remember the tone in your voice, but the plug for the radio station slips by me. However, it was a good start. Please resubmit.

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    81 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear TerrysVoice's recording

    This is a practice recording of some imaging I am working on getting down better. I have no affiliation with this radio station or if it exists, I just made it up for practice reasons. I produced this from beginning to end , hope it works for you and any advice would be welcomed .

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-100526/script-recording-79550.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    That was fun. The first half-sentence didn't make it into my brain with the sudden start and all the SFX. I felt like I had to rewind it in my head to get caught up. Perhaps this means letting the piece start for a second or so and give yourself room in the mix to start speaking. Otherwise I thought your voice and production quality were great.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yeah, spblat has a good point. Try to get the voice "in the clear" and have the FX fill in the gaps. Start with that reverse "rip" FX and then come in with the voice. The overlap plays tricks with perception and causes that "rewind" effect in the listeners' mind.

    The delivery and quality are fine. I don't know a whole lot about radio imaging, but my impression would be that the engineers at the station would probably manipulate the sound and FX to their liking. But in the days of home studios, I would suppose that you might be asked to produce and deliver the entire thing and the station might provide guidelines, FX and music for you to work with. And 10 seconds or less is pretty much the timing, unless you're going on to introduce an band or radio personality.

    Yeah, imaging is a good fit.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Terry, I would go with the earlier views and hold back on the effects. Cool voice, shame to overpower it with other noise..

    Peer Feedback:

    The voice adds drama and I like it. Perhaps to play a little bit with some range, try to do a voice that conveys a little bit more excitement and adrenaline (think strip club DJ) to play with a different way to say the same thing.

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    57 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear touzet's recording

    My last bit was said to be: "...a bit funereal..." so I thought I would get out the guitar and kick it up a notch. ;-)

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-65861/script-recording-73793.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    pretty cool. I like it.

    I think radio imaging seems really fun. it's almost all production.
    Here's a really good one (more of the "Monster Truck" genre) from a guy I follow on soundcloud. it's full of production elements and makes a really good example of some technique:
    https://soundcloud.com/scottwesleyburns/wsl7435-trucksandbucks-60

    cheers,
    Dave Saunders.

    Peer Feedback:

    I didn't hear your previous bit, but if you played this one at a funeral it would attract funeral crashers! Great radio spot and nice guitar.

    Peer Feedback:

    Ha ha... that's just about all I can manage... a pick slide and an E chord...;-p

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    72 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear c.moore's recording

    Testing my booth and mic. and genre. any feed back welcome.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-84985/script-recording-67092.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Could use a touch more energy, not only in attitude but with the voice as well. I'm exaggerating slightly, but you sound a little depressed.

    It's nice that you did, but most people on the forum don't slate. That's usually done for the script contests.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi c.moore,
    No complaints on your sound. If you,re just testing the sound that's fine. If you're looking for a critique on the delivery It needs enthusiasm. Yeah as James said you needn't slate on the board. We can all read your moniker.

    Peer Feedback:

    Craig. I like the tone of your voice. Have you been working in broadcasting? Still, you sound a bit hesitant, like you were testing the waters and if so, I'm sure with the right coaching, you have potential in this business. Best.

    Peer Feedback:

    I also like your voice. It would be a great voice for a sports promo. I would also say that your delivery should be a little more energetic. I wouldn't use the word "depressed" just a little aloof. Be a college football fan who has just taken care of a home improvement project after buying stuff from Home Depot, telling other football fans about the game. :)

    Peer Feedback:

    Looove your voice. I agree to add a little more oomph somehow. This sounds closer to a "This Old House" promo. I liked that you slated and will critique it. I would shoot for a more confident sound with your name--maybe not pitch up because that can signify uncertainty. I know you didn't pitch down because there was more coming and didn't want to close our the thought, but that was my first impression for what it's worth. Probably too fussy at you... I just finished listening to a lecture that stressed sounding confident in slates so it's on my mind.

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Pierre Milan's recording

    Your thoughts please???

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/user-6928/script-recording-23758.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Pierre, Great job once again! You were made to do promos. You did miss the word "the" before the sponsors name, also again I am hearing some mouth noises. Try eating a green apple before recording and drink lots of water, that should help with those pesky little things! Good use of inflection on the "You can do it".

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    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear jh10015's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/goldstream2.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I think the quality of your recording was good. The script sounded announcery, if that was what you wanted the read to sound like I think you did a good job, however the copy you have posted with your read is for Jenny Craig..

    Peer Feedback:

    Very well read but just not sure if you're attempting to sell product or inform someone as to what your company does. Script seems to be encouraging folks to inquire about the company. The delivery pitch tells me you're selling product.

    Peer Feedback:

    OK, I'm not the only one hearing 'gold steam' on a 'Jenny Craig' script. snafu for sure.

    The sound quality was quite acceptable. The read was a bit rushed and unattached.

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    Rock 100.5 The KATT

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    Don't settle for half the rock. Get it all. Rock 100.5. The KATT.

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    Script Contest - Radio Imaging

    Script:

    Q104 – Your one stop shop for all things pop!
    WBGP – We are Jazz FM.
    WKCR – The Peak: New York’s classic rock superstation.

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    WAAAY Imaging

    Script:

    … These three and many other WAAAY Better Hits coming up, right after this product information especially for you!

    In 60 seconds, the most requested Hit of the week!

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    WABC - Station Break

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    You're talking about it -- we're talking about it. News Talk Radio 77 WABC!

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    WGN News

    Script:

    You're watching WGN News...
    with Jackie Bange, Bob Jordan, Jim Ramsay and Rich King.
    This is Chicago's Very Own WGN News at 9.

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    WTXL Open

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    Live... from WTXL Tallahassee...
    This is ABC 27 News at 6.

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    WVUE Open

    Script:

    This is your weather authority...
    Fox 8 News at 9 starts right now.

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